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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013): Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta


The Place Beyond the Pines plays out as if reading a historical novel that expands several generations.   It is a tale of the "sins of the father" and how life patterns and circumstances overshadows the film with echoes of Cane and Abel laced throughout the saga.  The opening scene showcases  a dark and gritty visual of Ryan Gosling, Luke, as a tattooed self absorbed showman riding a motorcycle flamboyantly at a fair. Eva Mendes, Romina, passionately entranced by the bad boy, Luke, has a renewed fling, which the previous year had brought forth a child unbeknownst to Luke.   Romina creates a well balanced life with a stable and loving man, Mahershala Ali, Kofi, whereas Luke is unable to connect within societies standards and instead embraces an empty and lonely existence evoking chaos and tragedy amongst the living. The consequences of self appointed exclusion denote demise, corruption and tragic consequences, while foreshadowing the next chapter in the saga.

Bradley Cooper, Avery, a well connected cop, ends the initial storyline, and stars in the second chapter.  Avery, a hero, after ending the tragic life of Luke, officially embroils Luke and Avery for the remaining portion of the tale. Ray Liotta, Delucca, is a corrupted and self serving officer with a hidden agenda.   Rose Bryne, Jennifer, Avery's wife, also has a small child similar to the age of Romina's  Luke's child.  The story aligns poignantly for the two small children to meet in the future.  The third chapter of the tale infuses the two boys as teenagers.   Avery's, son, Emery Cohen, AJ, is a drug pushing bully and Luke's son, Dane DeHaan, Jason, is seemingly good.

The movie is brilliant in questioning the existence of man, the choices of man and the results of isolation that is chosen by an individual.  Strong healthy role models abound, yet the desire or perhaps the ingrained pattern tugs provoking evil and illogical actions.  It is a curious expose how some rise and some never leave the pattern set forth by the "sins of the father".  The Place Beyond the Pines is a moving and thought provoking flick that will not be forgotten.  The acting is superb and the script formidable.  The film touches many nerves, exploring the ugly and diabolical side of humanity.  Yet the yearning too belong is so apparent.   If only an individual could reach for it or even see it. 

 

The Place Beyond the Pines - Trailer


















"Point On" Pumps are "Spotlight On" in 2013



"Point On" Pumps

The "Point On" pointed toe pump is everywhere this spring and summer season.   Whether wearing a suit, pencil skirt, capris or jeans - the dainty pointy toe makes a classic statement.  There are numerous styles to choose ranging from the kitten heeled pump to the three inch and higher va va voom number.   For everyday, a kitten heel is sophisticated and frankly elegant with leggings, capris, suit or jeans. Of course, comfortable too.  The look is fresh and very feminine.  Think of Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs in the movie The Devil Wears Prada (2006) running errands for the diva Vogue-like Magazine Editor,  Miranda Priestly, Meryl Streep, with pointed toed boots and pumps.   Or celebrities in the pointed toe pump during the day or for evening soiree events.   Every outfit is Audreyesq complete with "point on" pumps sending a message of confidence and style.



The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Celebrities in Pointed-Toe Designs

Top Point It Out - Pumps:

1.  Haute Couture:  Forever Chic Style Favorite - Jimmy Choo!   Jimmy Choo (1996) is a British fashion house specializing in designer shoes, bags and accessories. Jimmy Choo was founded by couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo and Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon.  These pretty pointed toe pumps are exquisitely made and extraordinarily comfortable for long stretches of wear.
The cost is excessive but the quality, embellishments and design are unforgettable.  So many designs to choose from and so worth a pretty penny or two.   Enjoy slipping into these Cinderella shoes. Remember these pumps will last for many years!  *Found at Jimmy Choo locations or major department stores.




"Indico" Pump - Ivanka Trump
2.  Affordable: Forever Chic Style Favorite - Ivanka Trump kitten heels!  Ivanka Trump is an American businesswoman and the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization. In December of 2010, Ivanka Trump designed a shoe line made from quality leather, adding extra cushioning in luxurious fabrics with eye defining embellishments.  Probably because many shoes with heels are uncomfortable and sometimes painful after a few hours.  Many of Trump's designs feature extra cushioning for all-day wear. These kitten heels are exquisite and wearable. And, the price is purrrrrfect. *Currently, at Nordstrom for $99!  Patent colors: Fuschia, Ocean, Strawberry, Black and Malted Milk

Or perhaps a floral arrangement for whimsical fun!


"Indico" Pump - Ivanka Trump


Note:  Keep shoes in tip top shape by adding a sole to the bottom of the shoe and also having the leather protected and shined once a year at a local cobbler.

This spring and summer get ready to dance in a rainbow of "Point On" pumps. Put away platforms and instead step out in style and be remembered and admired with statement commanding pointed toes pumps.   More importantly, relish the comfort and beauty all in one!

 
"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty".
-Imelda Marcos


Mr. Selfridge (2013 - Masterpiece Classic): Jeremy Piven, Frances O'Connor, Zoe Tapper, Katherine Kelly, Aisling Loftus


Background - Mr. Harry Selfridge....

Fans of Downton Abbey will be riveted on the new television show Mr. Selfridge on PBS, Masterpiece Classic. Based on the true story of Mr. Harry Selfridge, an American businessman, with an extraordinary vision to revolutionize how  people shopped in London in the early 1900's. Prior to the opening of Selfridge's department store in the UK, men went to tailors and women sought out seamstresses.  It was unfathomable to peruse apparel or try on clothing before purchasing.  Selfridge's goal was to change the shopping experience making the act of shopping an event.  Additionally, lets just say the idea of bargain shopping was simply not respectable nor the activity so popular as it is today. Selfridge also moved perfumes and make up to the front of the store following the French. The time period, similar to Downton, begins in 1909, with the opening of the infamous store, through 1947.  Mr. Harry Selfridge, previously worked at Marshall Fields, Chicago for twenty-five years coining the phrase, "Only _____ Shopping Days Until Christmas".   In London, with personal money, Selfridge visualized, persuaded, devised and developed the department store Selfridge.  Mr. Selfridge remained in a leadership role for the next thirty years and became one of the most respected and wealthy retail magnets in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Harry Selfridge owned Highcliffe Castle in Dorset.

The Show - Mr. Selfridge.....

The show opens with Mr. Selfridge, Jeremy Piven, flamboyantly presenting the vision of the department store to staff and then too investors previewing a development site. A primary investor backs out, but doesn't stop Selfridge to continue on with the dream of building the store.  Selfridge builds momentum, finding the perfect sales people, obtaining the best products to sell, while creating excitement with the employees and public through marketing and advertising.

Mr. Harry Selfridge, Jeremy Piven, is an outgoing and over the top visionary with charismatic skills that charms anyone and everyone.  Piven is brilliant emulating Selfridge as a PT Barnum or Walt Disney of the time both with ideas and bravado luring shoppers through innovative and unusual tactics.  Rose SelfridgeFrances O'Connor, is pale in comparison and does not a share the enthusiasm or joy of the store.  Zoe Tapper, Ellen Love,  is an aspiring actress with other ideas in mind that include Mr. Selfridge.  Tapper oozes sexual charm and Selfridge cannot resist.   Lady Mae Boxley, Katherine Kelly, is Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Maggie Smith, from Downton Abbey, only younger, wickedly smooth, a dreadfully rich investor in the store and of course wonderfully attired.  A perfect snake in the grass. Agnes Towers, Aisling Loftus, a struggling young woman, is hired to work at Selfridge and life takes an amazing turn.














Mr. Selfridge, is beautifully filmed in London, showcasing fashion with great story lines and  plenty of drama keeping the audience pining for more as the story unfolds.  Do not miss this new and up and coming television show Mr. Selfridge - Sunday night's at 9:00 p.m. PBS - Masterpiece Classic - March.   Will not disappoint. Piven has found another Entourage.  A wonderful mix of intrigue, drama with excellent script and actors.   Downton Abbey does indeed have a British rival - Mr. Selfridge!


Mr. Selfridge - Trailer












Spring & Summer 2013 - Top 10

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and So Sultry"
Or 
"As Cool as a Cucumber"

"Megan, Betty and of course - Don Draper"


Mad Men - Season 6 - April 7, 2013


Spring and Summer 2013 remains feminine and romantic this season with a rich juxtaposition between sultry hot and cucumber cool hues.  Once again, television and film captures the mood and essence of eye popping fashion.  Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre) inspires frocks with lace exuding effortless manners and charm.  The movie, Life of Pi, (2012) delves into ocean and sky shades of blue so popular this spring.  Or the film, Oz (2013) from the trailers is drenched in smouldering sunshine shades and emerald greens following the yellow brick road capturing the essence of fun and laughter.  Mad Men (AMC), paints the room in dresses, pointy toes and ladylike ensembles. Lastly, black and white or just white always makes a show stopping statement performance amongst lavish colors.  Get ready to pack away fall and embrace this golden and beautifully sun kissed Spring and Summer 2013.



Blake Lively in Ravishing Orange
I.   Rainbow of Fiery and Pastel Hues:   Shimmer in bold orange, buttery yellow, glorious grass green, flirty fuschia or indulge in a playful sky blue, lively turquoise, blue tones with hits of yellow and deep navy.  Bottom line, either hot or cool colors this season are the "it" tones to embrace and especially orange!  Wear saturated color head to toe for a flawless look.  "Orange you glad!"



II.   Pointy Toes Everywhere:  Put away rounded toe flats, pumps and boots.   Instead, take pleasure in the array of pointy toe flats and pumps.  A pointy toe slims the feet, flatters the ankle and leg,
while adding elegance and femininity to any outfit. Choose shoes that have a lower heel, in color infused prints or in solid colors.  Charm suitors by being "Oh, So Jackie 'O or So Audreyesq!"

Brands: Ivanka Trump; Jimmy Choo
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Nicole Kidman  in Radiating Red
III.  Classic Sheath Dress: Morning show commentators or evening show cable newscasters frequently wear the simple "sheath frock" in spring and summer 2013 tints. The scoop neck flatters the face with sleeveless shoulders spelling out minimal and chic.  Jewelry is classically easy with long decorative earrings or diamond studs.  The lace sheath is divine for a cocktail evening affair.  Wear sparkling studs and glam up with bracelets that twinkle by the firelight. 
"To be or Not to be Holy Golighty from the film, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) mmmm that is the question?"

IV.   The Quintessential Accessory - The Scarf:  The must have accessory this spring is the effortless  scarf in a lush hue or playful print wrapped or draped around the the neck.  The swirl of fabric is the bauble that adds a spot of color and a sense of style with a blouse and jeans to a dress with pearls.    "Heighten the allure with a plush scarf knotted or draped in a memorable manner!"




V.   The "It" Handbag:  Every magazine or online fashion site states own an "orange" handbag in 2013.   The brightly colored hue is dramatic when paired with almost any shade on the color wheel.   This season orange radiates  warmth and happiness combining the action of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.  Choose a medium sized top handle square handbag with simple detail made of rich patina leather.  "Be the toast of the town and radiate energy while signaling fun!"

Brands: Doncaster has a gorgeous "orange" handbag.  www.doncaster.com



VI.  Leopard and Polka Dot Spots:  Lions, tigers and bears - oh my!  The animal remains forefront and center from leopard patterns, snakeskin and along with polka dot pieces.  Investing in pelt copies from the wild is Forever Chic Style.   Leather in leopard and cardigans or a snakeskin skirt is divinely spell binding. Polka Dots are refreshingly feminine in a blouse or sweater.  Of course, avoid a head to toe appearance in animal prints or of polka dots.    The goal is to be scintillating sexy with only a little of animal flair either in a top, a skirt or leather jacket.  The same logic applies for polka dots. "Enhance the ensemble with wild flair!"

VII.  Black  & Black & White Suiting Reigns:  A suit, blouse and pumps is always refined, elegant and promotes self confidence.   It is a known fact for interviews that "the suit" is a priority.  Some will say, "the work force has changed" and it isn't necessary to suit up and dress for success.   Forever Chic Style mavens disagree and understand clearly that arriving for any event, business meeting,  presentation or interview - the suit seals the deal.  Choose a black suit, 3 piece - skirt, pants and jacket, mix together with hot or cool tones, add a scarf, jewelry and pumps of instance respect.  Additionally, a white pant suit is ever so sharp and essential during the sunshine months of the year.  Mix up black and white for a sharp and chic minimalist and unforgettable moment.   "I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.Coco Chanel

Brands: Theory, Nordstrom - Individualist department
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Farrah Fawcett poster sold
record breaking 12M copies
"Enough Said!"
VIII.   One Piece Swimsuit:  The one piece bathing suit is eye-catching on a beach or by a pool with Jackie 'O sunglasses and a large sun hat. Sublime! Bikini's are everywhere and often on the youthful looking sleek and sassy.  Yet, adorn a one piece bathing suit and transform into a woman of mystery.  Add an sarong, cover up and wide brim hat an send all heads turning.  "Bikinis are for the youth and the one piece is for the woman who is sure of herself! More importantly be unforgettable"

IX.   Royal Statement Jewelry:  Costume or real jewelry is a key component to any ensemble.  Select colorful face framing necklaces and numerous hued bangles for bracelets. Add a ring or two on manicured fingers and vibrate happiness with whimsical pieces. "After all, sunshine combined with bling is over the top sensational!"

X.    Forever Chic Style Tips:  
  • Stay away from trendy apparel.  Fringes, geometric designs are indeed show stopping.  However, the eye gravitates towards the design or embellishment instead of the overall ensemble showcasing the person.  Never let apparel wear the person.   If so inclined to purchase a trend, chose inexpensive pieces that are expendable.  
  • Show off a thin or curvy body. Think of Nicole Kidman or Sophia Vegara.   Don't hide a great figure - flaunt it.
  • Seek out balance with apparel.  When wearing a loose top combine with cigarette jeans or stove pipe pants.  Conversely, when wearing trouser jeans or pants that are wide add a slim fitting top
  • Embrace stripes and sailor attire.  Summer boating and sailing - blue, red and white. Always in fashion.
  • Give into Flower Power.  Wear a flower infused blouse with white capris or a pencil skirt and pointy toed flats or pumps.

Remember - Trends are "Here today and gone tomorrow!" 
Forever Chic Style apparel remains in fashion for the longevity.



"You want to be taken seriously. Stop dressing like a little girl."
-Joan Holloway - Mad Men
 
 

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."
-Audrey Hepburn





85th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Winners (2013)


Lights, Camera and Action! 
 
 

List of winners from the 85th Annual Academy Awards held on February 24, 2013!





Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook & Zero Dark Thirty

Top Five Oscars - "And the Oscar goes too".....


Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln."

 












Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook."
 












Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."

 








Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables."

 









Best Director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."

 












Best Picture: "Argo."


Ben Affleck - Best Movie - Argo









And, all the other important Oscars goes too:


  • Foreign Language Film: "Amour."
  • Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo."
  • Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained."
  • Animated Feature Film: "Brave."
  • Production Design: "Lincoln."
  • Cinematography: "Life of Pi."
  • Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables."
  • Sound Editing (tie): "Skyfall" and ''Zero Dark Thirty."
  • Original Score: "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna.
  • Original Song: "Skyfall" from "Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
  • Costume: "Anna Karenina."
  • Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man."
  • Documentary (Short Subject): "Inocente."
  • Film Editing: "Argo."
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables."
  • Animated Short Film: "Paperman."
  • Live Action Short Film: "Curfew."
  • Visual Effects: "Life of Pi."

Another incredible year of film.  Hats off to the Oscar winners.  Until next year!

  

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012): Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton

London based retirees in the golden years of life are intrigued by a lucrative retirement community advertisement for the Marigold Hotel based in India.  The advertisement promises a luxury palace for retirees seeking a life of leisure in an exotic location.  The guests meet for the first time at an airport and are whisked away on an adventure that is about change, renewal and a fresh start for the willing.

The Marigold Hotel is nothing as expected and the group of retirees are suddenly thrown into a vibrant and chaotic world that is culturally different and constantly changing. Sonny, Dev Patel, hotel owner is fabulous as the visionary for the decrepit palace in much need of repair.   He wittingly impresses the guests in a lively and fun manner while in love.  Evelyn, Judy Dench, a widow, with little money must start over anew. Muriel, a grumpy woman, Maggie Smith, in need of a hip replacement in Britain is sent to India for quicker surgery rather than wait six months in the British health care system.  Graham, Tom Wilkinson, searches for a lost love and Douglas, Bill Nighy, the upbeat comic, and wife, Jean, a negative thorn, Penelope Wilton, are forced to face a crumbling marriage. 

The brilliant thespian cast poignantly grasps the challenges of how easy it is to avoid change, remain stuck in the past, be filled with prejudice and are just horribly miserable to be around.  While others take the opportunity to find beauty in new surroundings, share experiences and opt to change lives including their own.   This film is one of the best movies of 2012.   The moral of the film - beauty is everywhere in this world, life is always changing, the past is over, so stop looking back and instead keep on moving - embracing the journey called life!  Don't forget Kleenex for the happy tears.  On demand.  Released May 4, 2012.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Trailer